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  • Teaching Strategies GOLD Birth Through Kindergarten

    Touring Guide

  • 3 What Is Teaching Strategies GOLD?

    4 What Are the Teaching Strategies GOLD Objectives for Development & Learning?

    6 How Does Teaching Strategies GOLD Work?

    8 How Does Teaching Strategies GOLD Help Teachers Make Better Decisions?

    10 What Makes Teaching Strategies GOLD Unique? Teaching Strategies GOLD is

    12 Research-Based, Valid, and Reliable

    14 Leading the Way with Reports

    18 Teacher-Friendly

    20 Streamlined

    22 Supportive of Dual-Language Learners

    24 Appropriate for All Children

    26 Supportive of Teachers Implementation

    28 Designed to Include Families

    30 Also Available in Print

    32 A Unique Approach To Assessment


  • 1Teaching Strategies GOLD

    Dear Colleagues: It is with great pleasure that I introduce Teaching Strategies GOLD, an exciting resource that supports effective teaching and childrens development and learning. It was created so that teachers finally have an assessment tool that is user-friendly and inclusive of all childrenone that enables teachers to increase the accuracy of their assessments while having more time to interact with children. This Touring Guide gives you an inside look at our comprehensive assessment system.

    Teaching Strategies GOLD is a seamless system for assessing children from birth through kindergarten. Extensive field tests have shown it to be both valid and reliable. Available online and in print, the system can be used with any developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum. Grounded in 38 research-based objectives that include predictors of school success and are aligned with state early learning standards, Teaching Strategies GOLD truly helps teachers focus on what matters most for childrens success. It can be used to support all types of learners, including children with special needs and children with advanced knowledge and skills. Because Teaching Strategies GOLD is a fully bilingual tool, it offers teachers support for assessing the dual-language learners in their classrooms who are learning English and Spanish.

    Authentic, ongoing observational assessment is critical to planning appropriate learning experiences and helping children thrive. We think youll agree that this comprehensive system will help you meet the strengths, needs, and interests of every child in your class. Enjoy the tour!

    Diane Trister DodgeFounder and President

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  • Exciting. Innovative. Comprehensive. For use with any developmentally

    appropriate curriculum.

  • 3What Is Teaching Strategies GOLD?

    What Is Teaching Strategies GOLD?Teaching Strategies GOLD is an authentic, ongoing observational system for assessing children from birth through kindergarten, proven to be valid and reliable by extensive field testing. It helps teachers observe children in the context of everyday experiences, which is an effective way to get to know them well and find out what they know and can do.

    Teaching Strategies GOLD is based on 38 objectives that include predictors of school success and are aligned with state early learning standards. These objectives are the heart of the systemteachers use them to focus their observations as they gather information to make classroom decisions.

    Teaching Strategies GOLD online has many user-friendly features that help teachers increase the effectiveness of their assessments as they identify childrens developmental levels and describe childrens knowledge, skills, and behaviors. Research summaries, color-coded progressions of development and learning, online portfolios, and easy-to-generate, state-of-the-art reports are just a few of the tools that save teachers time and help eliminate some of the common challenges associated with assessment. Best of all, Teaching Strategies GOLD leaves teachers with more time to interact with children.

    With Teaching Strategies GOLD online, teachers can: useavarietyoftoolstogatherandorganizemeaningfuldataquickly. createadevelopmentalprofileofeachchildtoanswerthequestions,Whatdoesthischildknow?Whatishe

    or she able to do? understandhowtheirobservationsrelatetoimportantobjectivesfordevelopmentandlearningandusethat

    understanding to scaffold each childs learning.determineifachildismakingprogressandcomparethechildsknowledge,skills,andbehaviorstothoseofmost

    children of his or her age or class/group.recognizechildrenwhomightbenefitfromspecialhelp,screening,orfurtherevaluation.generatecomprehensivereportsthatcanbecustomizedeasilyandsharedwithfamilymembersandotherstakeholders.

  • 4What Are the Teaching Strategies GOLD Objectives for Development & Learning?Teaching Strategies GOLD is grounded in 38 objectives that guide teachers throughout the assessment cycle. They are based on research, include predictors of school success, and are aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and early learning standards for each state. The objectives are organized into 10 areas of development and learning, including broad developmental areas, content areas, and English language acquisition. Many of the objectives also include dimensions that guide teachers thinking about various aspects of that objective, and help clarify what the objective addresses.


    1. Regulates own emotions and behaviors

    a. Manages feelings

    b. Follows limits and expectations

    c. Takes care of own needs appropriately

    2. Establishes and sustains positive relationships

    a. Forms relationships with adults

    b. Responds to emotional cues

    c. Interacts with peers

    d. Makes friends

    3. Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations

    a. Balances needs and rights of self and others

    b. Solves social problems


    4. Demonstrates traveling skills

    5. Demonstrates balancing skills

    6. Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills

    7. Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination

    a. Uses fingers and hands

    b. Uses writing and drawing tools


    8. Listens to and understands increasingly complex language

    a. Comprehends language

    b. Follows directions

    9. Uses language to express thoughts and needs

    a. Uses an expanding expressive vocabulary

    b. Speaks clearly

    c. Uses conventional grammar

    d. Tells about another time or place

    10. Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills

    a. Engages in conversations

    b. Uses social rules of language


    11. Demonstrates positive approaches to learning

    a. Attends and engages

    b. Persists

    c. Solves problems

    d. Shows curiosity and motivation

    e. Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking

    12. Remembers and connects experiences

    a. Recognizes and recalls

    b. Makes connections

    13. Uses classification skills

    14. Uses symbols and images to represent something not present

    a. Thinks symbolically

    b. Engages in sociodramatic play

  • LiTEracy

    15. Demonstrates phonological awareness

    a. Notices and discriminates rhyme

    b. Notices and discriminates alliteration

    c. Notices and discriminates smaller and smaller units of sound

    16. Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet

    a. Identifies and names letters

    b. Uses lettersound knowledge

    17. Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses

    a. Uses and appreciates books

    b. Uses print concepts

    18. Comprehends and responds to books and other texts

    a. Interacts during read-alouds and book conversations

    b. Uses emergent reading skills

    c. Retells stories

    19. Demonstrates emergent writing skills

    a. Writes name

    b. Writes to convey meaning


    20. Uses number concepts and operations

    a. Counts

    b. Quantifies

    c. Connects numerals with their quantities

    21. Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes

    a. Understands spatial relationships

    b. Understands shapes

    22. Compares and measures

    23. Demonstrates knowledge of patterns

    SciEncE anD TEchnOLOGy

    24. Uses scientific inquiry skills

    25. Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of living things

    26. Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials

    27. Demonstrates knowledge of Earths environment

    28. Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks

    SOciaL STUDiES

    29. Demonstrates knowledge about self

    30. Shows basic understanding of people and how they live

    31. Explores change related to familiar people or places

    32. Demonstrates simple geographic knowledge

    ThE arTS

    33. Explores the visual arts

    34. Explores musical concepts and expression

    35. Explores dance and movement concepts

    36. Explores drama through actions and language

    EnGLiSh LanGUaGE acqUiSiTiOn

    37. Demonstrates progress in listening to and understanding English

    38. Demonstrates progress in speaking English

    What Is Teaching Strategies GOLD?


  • 6How Does Teaching Strategies GOLD Work? Teaching Strategies GOLD supports teachers through every step of the ongoing assessment cycle. Every day of the year, Teaching Strategies GOLD helps teachers understand what to focus on, why its important, how to gather and interpret assessment information, and how to use that information to plan meaningful learning experiences.

    Observe and Collect Facts Teaching Strategies GOLD offers easy-to-use tools to help